Morgantown is known as the home of West Virginia University, the inspiration for a Joni Mitchell song and the birthplace of Don Knotts. And it's also known for its wonderful trails: the Mon River Rail-Trail System. The nexus of this 45-mile trail system is Hazel Ruby McQuain Park in downtown Morgantown. Located adjacent to a restored railway station, the park is a vibrant hub of local activity, with a steady stream of walkers, runners, skaters and cyclists. The rail-trail that runs through the park-stretching 6.5 miles to the north and 19.5 miles to the south-hugs the Monongahela River, one of a few American rivers that flows north. The "Mon" eventually arrives in Pittsburgh, where it joins the Allegheny River to form the Ohio River.
This system of trails, which follows a former CSX rail line, comprises four segments, each with their own name.
The Mon River Trail South begins where the paved trail becomes crushed stone at the southern edge of Morgantown (also the southern end of the Caperton section
. From there, it meanders for 17.8 miles to Pricketts Fort State Park. The Mon South lazily winds through a wooded river valley with many scenic river views, occasional waterfalls and a variety of wildflowers in the spring and autumn.
At the southern end at Pricketts Fort, pick up the MC Trail
Park at the Uffington boat dock, off of County Route 73, where I-79 crosses the river. Parking is also available at the southern end at Pricketts Fort.
Well maintained, easy ride for moderate bikers, the Mon Trail ends and McTrail begins at the Ft. Prickett State Park. The McTrail is 2.5 miles through a great tunnel. The ride on the MonTrail starting from Waterfront is 19 miles, shaded, wildlife, along ...
Just a 2010 update with not much to add other than to concur with previous comments. The trail parallels the river almost the whole way with lots of nice scenery. It is paved to the city limits; nice, cinder path for the balance. We hadn’t checked into ...
Day three of our multiday adventure riding a rail trail that starts out of the Hazel ruby McQuain Riverfront Park in Morgantown (Mon North, Decker Creek and Mon South) we headed south starting at MP 10. The Wharf area has got a lot of potential and several ...